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gold lung

IMMUNOLOGY

Definition A type of hypersensitivity reaction to therapeutic gold salts used in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, which is characterised by interstitial lung infiltrates.

Differential diagnosis Gold lung can be confused with interstitial lung disease associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Favouring a hypersensitivity reaction are rash, fever, eosinophilia, thrombocytopenia, and increased serum IgE

Prognosis The infiltrates usually resolve with discontinuation of therapy, but may require corticosteroids

ONCOLOGY

Definition A popular term for lungs with bits of gold implanted in early stage primary lung tumours to serve as localisation markers for focused treatment of the malignancy with a linear accelerator. 

Reference http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/health/health-news/new-gold-lung-cancer-care-at-northampton-hospital-1-4908923

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